What’s the difference between using God and serving Him?
The Christians in Afghanistan right now could probably answer this question without hesitation. At this point—many are facing death for their belief in God. There is no doubt where their allegiance lies!
Is our allegiance to Christ this solid?
The faith of the Christians in Afghanistan has challenged me to examine my own love for God.
There is no doubt, that my love for God, which seems like it is often so easily displaced by the allurements of the world, is definitely in need of deepening and growing. How?
First—I must ask whether God has become more of a source of intellectual stimulation, emotional gratification, or a way to experience social usefulness. Read that again…and ask yourself: Is this true for you? Is your Christianity about what you are getting out of your “service” to God? Or, is it about obedience to God’s will no matter what the cost?
Ask yourself: What are you NOT willing to give up for God? Keep in mind—whatever it is—that is your god. What a challenge! If Jesus said for me to walk away from my law practice—would I do it? (Fill in the blank for yourself) Remember, Jesus said no man can serve two masters. The process of making Jesus our Master and Lord—has everything to do with our understanding of how much He loves us.
The Christians of Afghanistan were prepared to give up everything—even their own life—because they have a very, very deep understanding of how much God has done for them. We need to gain that same understanding. If each of us had an inkling of how much God has done for us—our choices would be much different. It would be deeper, richer and more focused. Don’t you want your relationship with God to be so solid that even death wouldn’t sever it???
The question remains—how do you know if you are serving God because you love Him or just to use Him? As with all questions about truth, we must use God’s Word as the litmus test. To begin with, is there evidence that you KNOW Him?
The Bible says:
“Now by this WE KNOW that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does NOT keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” (I John 2:3-6)
If you are NOT living in loving obedience to God’s Word—it is strong indicator that you are lying to yourself about whether you actually know God. When we know God, we know love and HIS love is something we do NOT want to violate—thus, it produces obedience.
Are you one of the people who want the benefits of Christ and the Christian community (because these things are good) but don’t want God enough to give up your own way? Do you want to apply society’s standards instead of God’s Word in areas like your business dealings, how you spend your money, your sex life, your entertainment, etc.
To live a “christian” life because it’s intellectually stimulating or emotionally gratifying—without fully surrendering to God—is to simply use God for what you can get out of Him.
But to love God so much that you give up everything for Him—even your life—is the test of love and true service. Is God worth it to you? Don’t be like Eve and apply your own standard of what is good or evil! Look to God’s Word and trust in His goodness enough to obey Him!
God’s Word is our love letter and every determination of good and evil should be measured against it.
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